Hi there, Friends! Anyone who's watched an episode of Fixer Upper understands why farmhouse style is all the rage. While I love the show and admire the style, I'm not a fan of the mass produced frenzy to replicate the look. As with any style, it is best achieved over time, mixing new loves with cherished family favorites. The photos I'm sharing today are from my friend's home. I was so impressed with how effortlessly she paired new and old, I just had to share...
I'm referring to my best friend, Carly--by now you probably feel like you know her too. With both of our extended families living out of town, we spend a lot of time together. Carly and her hubby bought their first house about a year and half ago. Since then, they've been busy making it a home. You may remember the charming deacon's bench and rustic sign she found in Round Top.
As I mentioned before, Carly has paired her love of farmhouse style with vintage family heirlooms and she has done it well. Recently after retrieving several boxes from storage, she restyled her china cabinet with treasures from her family.
She inherited the gorgeous blue hand blown glass, Blue Willow dishes and the cabinet itself from her paternal grandmother, Carolyn June Childs. Her grandfather was Joe Tom Childs.
Here's a peek at the full vintage cabinet, with more Blue Willow plates displayed in the kitchen.
Now with Carly's permission, I'm going to share a little secret about my friend. She doesn't consider herself to be creative and I beg to differ! Throughout her home, she's mixed new and old seamlessly, like this charming vignette featuring antique crocks and milk bottles arranged with family photos and whimsical cows she's collected. The photo in the left corner is Carly with her mom, taken on her wedding day. Isn't it so sweet?
Carly's lovely farmhouse style is layered with family history and looks like it's taken years to create. It's not all white and gray, and it will continue to grow and evolve as it reflects the story of her family.
Carly's great grandparents are pictured below--think of the stories she'll tell her children about their ancestors.
Maybe you've lacked confidence about your own sense of style when it comes to decorating your home. I hope the story of how Carly found her style will inspire you to have fun and tell your own story!